Archive of: 2021

  • What can be found on the strandline #5 Eggs

    What can be found on the strandline #5 Eggs

    Mermaid’s purses are not the only egg cases that can be found in the strandline. Common whelk (Buccinum undatum) egg cases are also a fairly common sight. They are a mass of small spongy balls that could indeed be confused for sponges. In the past, sailors did actually use them as wash balls! The first whelks to hatch are cannibalistic and will eat their still developing siblings to give themselves a burst of energy to help them survive in the open ocean.

  • What can be found on the strandline #4 Shells

    What can be found on the strandline #4 Shells

    While beach combing in the strandline, you will likely come across a number of shells from different species of molluscs. These shells are most often empty as the animal inside has died and likely been eaten. We explore the most frequently seen shells on Sussex beaches.

  • A sad farewell to Bramber the beaver

    A sad farewell to Bramber the beaver

    It is with great sadness and disappointment that Knepp Estate announces the death of Bramber the beaver on 13 Jan 2021, shortly after recapturing him from his travels down the River Adur.

  • What can be found on the strandline #3 Crab shells

    What can be found on the strandline #3 Crab shells

    If you find a crab shell in the strandline, it is likely not a dead crab but actually a moulted crab shell. Over their lifetime, crabs moult (or shed) their shell many times as they grow.

  • Behind the Lens with Andrew Holloway

    Behind the Lens with Andrew Holloway

    Andrew Holloway and his wife Isobel live in Haywards Heath and have been members of Sussex Wildlife Trust for over ten years. Andrew talks to us about his wildlife photography

    Andrew regularly shares wildlife photos on Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Facebook Nature Table group. We caught up with him over the phone to ask him about photography and lockdown

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